The Leaders Circle designation has been expanded to 22 teams which covers all the committed full-time entrants.
INDIANAPOLIS - INDYCAR announced today the 2013 Leaders Circle program has expanded to cover the returning 22 full-time entrants committed to date to compete in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
"While the Leaders Circle program was designed to ensure the quality of on-track competition was balanced throughout the field, we felt it was important to extend Leaders Circle benefits to all returning full-time entrants from last season," said Jeff Belskus, CEO, INDYCAR. "Including all 22 entrants for 2013 allows the IZOD IndyCar Series to continue to build upon the foundation the program has laid over the last several years."
The Leaders Circle program was established in 2002 to provide incentives to teams that participate full time in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Each Leaders Circle member is assured a minimum of $1 million for the 19-race season if the entrant successfully qualifies for the Indianapolis 500.
"While we are seeing a slight decrease in Leaders Circle payout this season, our goal is to reinvest in the series with more promotion to increase the value of participation for all of those involved," Belskus said.
With the increase in Leaders Circle entrants from 20 to 22 this season, non-Leaders Circle entrants will compete for payouts awarded to the top three finishers. In each race aside from the Indianapolis 500, the highest-finishing non-Leaders Circle entrant will receive $40,000, followed by $35,000 and $30,000.
Additionally, all entrants will continue to compete for bonuses of $35,000 for first place, $25,000 for second, $20,000 for third, $15,000 for fourth and $10,000 for fifth place at each IZOD IndyCar Series race aside from the Indianapolis 500.
The IZOD IndyCar Series champion and championship entrant again will share a $1 million bonus, with second through fifth in the standings sharing bonuses of $250,000, $175,000, $125,000 and $75,000.
Contingency prizes will continue to be awarded at IZOD IndyCar Series events.
2013 IZOD INDYCAR SERIES LEADER CIRCLE ENTRANTS
Number Entrant Driver
1 Andretti Autosport Ryan Hunter-Reay
3 Team Penske Helio Castroneves
4 Panther Racing JR Hildebrand
7 Dragon Racing Sebastien Bourdais
9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Scott Dixon
10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dario Franchitti
11 KV Racing Technology Tony Kanaan
12 Verizon Team Penske Will Power
14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Takuma Sato
15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Graham Rahal
18 Dale Coyne Racing TBA
19 Dale Coyne Racing TBA
20 Ed Carpenter Racing Ed Carpenter
22 Panther DRR Oriol Servia
25 Andretti Autosport Marco Andretti
27 Andretti Autosport James Hinchcliffe
67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Josef Newgarden
77 Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Simon Pagenaud
78 KV Racing Technology Simona de Silvestro
83 NovoNordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Charlie Kimball
98 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Alex Tagliani
TBA HVM Racing TBA
Subject to change
IZOD IndyCar Series